Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mao's Last Dancer

Last night Mr. Makebelieve and I watched "Mao's Last Dancer". As you will know from my previous post, I adore ballet! The movie was absolutely beautiful...although there is still something so special about the book.

"In his runaway best selling autobiography, Mao' s Last Dancer, Li recounts his determination, perseverance, vision, courage and hard work, and in particular, the sacred family values and integrity that he learned in poverty-stricken China, which has driven him to become one of the best dancers in the world."

Li was born into bitter poverty in rural Qingdao, China. Certain years the peasants in his village even ate tree barks to survive. Despite the harsh reality of life, his childhood was full of love. The love of his parents gave him hope and courage.

He was 11 when he left home to begin a seven-year harsh training regime from 5.30 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week at the Beijing Dance Academy. Once he found his passion, he worked hard and gave his all.

With incredible determination, resilience, perseverance and vision, Li graduated as one of the best dancers China has produced.

All information courtesy of The Official Site of Li Cunxin

1 comment:

  1. OOOOOH ballet moves me too. What a beautiful art. I loved the movie. It was about time they got dancers who could act. The last image / shot was my favourite too. Wends, I think we live parallel lives. haha